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BOLZANO, ITALY |  ESoDoc (European Social Documentary) is a project-based course offering three one-week sessions held over a period of six months. ESoDoc focuses on new ways of producing, funding and distributing documentaries on social themes.

During the workshops, participants are tutored by a network of international experts on the development of their projects. Emphasis is placed on building up strong storytelling along with new production possibilities.

ESoDoc explores new funding and distribution strategies, both on traditional channels as on new media channels, such as the web and the new crowdfunding platforms.

ESoDoc trains its participants to be better equipped for the challenges of the changing audiovisual market, and enables the filmmakers to better engage audiences across different platforms and maximize the outreach and impact of their projects.

The first session of ESoDoc 2014 will take place in The Hague, supported by the Netherlands Filmfonds, in partnership with the Movies that Matter Festival. Movies that Matter is one of the main platforms for engaged cinema, with documentaries and movies that stir the debate about human rights, human dignity and situations where these are at stake. The partnership between ESoDoc and Movies that Matter will create new international networking opportunities for our participants.

Find more details here.

Who should apply?
ESoDoc is primarily designed for intermediary and senior documentary filmmakers, authors and producers, who have acquired experiences both in producing contents with/for broadcasters (but still lack access), and are willing to extend their production possibilities to new sectors (i.e. the non-profit), new forms and new platforms (i.e. internet).

We also welcome NGO-communication representatives and professionals from the new media sector, who are eager to learn about new forms of storytelling, about combining creative documentary with social communication and advocacy intents.

Cost:
The cost per participant is 1.200,00 Euro (600,00 Euro for participants from new member states). This covers tuition, room and board.Travel expenses are not included. Four scholarships are available.

Four (4) full scholarships are available. A “full scholarship” would cover the enrollment fee AND the travel costs for all three sessions. In case of a high number of scholarship requests, we might assign a “partial scholarship”, which would cover the enrollment fee OR the travel costs.

If you want to access scholarship funding, you must provide 1 copy of your latest official tax return together with your application. No other kind of document shall be considered.

Deadline for applications: 2 December. Click here to apply.

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